On August 8th, Dubspot is proud to join Roland and the AIRA crew in celebration of 808 Day to honor the classic TR-808 with a series of interactive workshops taking place at Dubspot NY and LA. To recognize the music and artists that were inspired by the famous drum machine we are also giving away a special edition TR-8 with a vintage 808 skin at each event in NY, LA, and another online. Enter for a chance to win below!
Celebrate 808 Day with Roland and Dubspot
Interactive Workshops + Special Edition TR-8 Giveaway
Saturday, Aug. 8th 2015
Dubspot NY | 1pm – 5pm EST
Dubspot LA | 1pm – 5pm PST w/ Special Guest: Drumcell
Dubspot is proud to join Roland and AIRA crew for a celebration of the TR that started it all – The legendary TR-808! To celebrate 808 Day, we’re giving away a special edition TR-8 Rhythm Performer with a vintage 808 skin online and one during each of the interactive events at both Dubspot NY and Dubspot LA with special guest Drumcell. August 8th has become an annual celebration to recognize the music and artists that were inspired by the famous drum machine. To mark the occasion you’re invited to participate in a set of beat production workshops, hands-on demos with Roland and Dubspot staff, artist performances, special discounts on all AIRA gear, and more!
Workshop Details for both Dubspot NY and LA
1pm | 808 Lowdown
How did the 808 become the most recorded drum machine in the world and spawn entire genres of music?
2pm | 808 Showdown
Learn how to program classic and cutting-edge beats on the only TR-8.
3pm | 808 Throwdown
Learn production techniques from the pros and see how to integrate 808 sounds in the studio and live performance.
4pm | 808 Jam Session and Q&A
Stick around after the workshops for a 1-hour performance jam and a chance to get hands-on with Roland gear. Roland experts and Dubspot staff will also be hanging out for anyone who has questions.
We are giving away 3 TR-8′s, each with a special edition 808 skin. Attendees will have a chance to win one in NY, one in LA, and another chance to win online.
These events are FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, please arrive early to sign in.
About the TR-808 Rhythm Composer
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines produced and has become one of the most influential drum sounds in modern music. The 808 has appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades and has been used on more hit records than any other drum machine. The TR-808 has become iconic in the music industry because of its famous analog sounds. From rap to house to all styles of electronic music, the TR-808 has left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music.
Drumcell was born as Moe Espinosa in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. Far away from the glamour and glitter of Hollywood he cut his teeth growing up in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood and still draws inspiration from this cultural melting pot. It also remains the area where he and the Raíz brothers Vangelis and Vidal – who together founded the Droid Behavior events collective in the early 2000s – hang out and regularly plot their widely known and respected Interface warehouse events.
A classically trained musician in his youth, Moe came to circulate around the Noise, Punk and Industrial scene, playing guitar and singing in various bands until he discovered the early ’90s L.A. rave scene. He fell in love with this music and immediately dove deeper to find out how it was made. That was when he got in touch with some of the heroic synthesizers of Techno’s early years. His enthusiasm for those exciting, synthetic sounds was beyond words, and the following years he hardly left the studio of his day job to work on his own productions in a little back room at night. When he handed out his first self-produced, self-pressed vinyl’s at the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and some of the DJs played his record the very next day on various stages, he was chuffed and ready to go all the way.
Even though he has become one of the most popular Techno artists in the North American scene, you can still hear his Industrial and Noise roots in everything he is doing. His debut album “Sleep Complex” – which will be released in summer 2013 on CLR – is characterized by a complete disregard for genre limitations and is everything but a conventional Techno album. Drumcell is a science-fiction-movies-loving technology geek with a Punk Rock soul, who has explored and discovered the analogue world as much as the digital world of music production, to finally combine them into his very own raw, suspenseful and hypnotic style. He is literarily addicted to analog synthesis and spends countless hours in his studio, ceaselessly experimenting and searching for new, mind-expanding sounds.
Drumcell has played at numerous prestigious venues worldwide, from Berlin’s Techno mecca Berghain to the main stage of the Movement festival in Detroit. His label Droid Recordings and his own releases have captured the attention of many of the world’s top Techno jocks. With his new CLR membership and his truly outstanding debut album, Drumcell has come full circle and is ready for a whole new chapter of what he is best at and what matters most to him in life – the manifestation of truthful emotions in futuristic sonic concepts.
Summerstage 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration
If you’re in New York, let the festivities continue at the Summerstage 30th Anniversary concert in Central Park with a special DJ line up featuring Quantic, Afrika Bambaataa, and Gilles Peterson.
This is a FREE show. Tickets are not required. Come early as it is first come, first in until capacity is reached.
Time: 5pm – 10pm EST
72nd Street Entrance, Mid-Park New York NY, 10023
PH: (212) 360-2777
Additional info here.
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